Friday Fun Food Facts – November 16, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The greatest feast week of the year is here! Loosen up the belt buckle and get ready for some great couch naps! We thought we’d share who is open for Thanksgiving thanks to WRAL. Also, don’t forget that our good friends over at Donovan’s Dish are doing fully prepared (and delivered – if you order by this Sunday, November 18th!) Thanksgiving meals for your home. Check out Donovan’s here and the full list on WRAL here.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! See you in two weeks!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from the folks over at ITB Insider that Boylan Bridge Brewpub is under new ownership. Sara and Chris Abernethy have been holding the reins for just shy of two months and they already have plans for lots of changes, beginning with a new menu that comes out this week. Stay tuned as new life is pumped into this special place. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cameron Village, the ITB Insider also broke the news that Cava Mezze is moving into the former Noodles & Company space. Cava Mezze is a sister restaurant of Cava Grill. The sit-down restaurant version of the fast-casual Cava chain offers similar menus that include classic Mediterranean ingredients like lamb, hummus, falafel, yogurt, and more. Permits were issued last week. Get familiar with them here.
  • Out in the Glenwood Avenue area heading out toward the airport we got a couple of updates from reader Pat Rago. The first was that there is a “Now Hiring” sign up at Mami Nora’s (albeit the sign says Mami’s). Pat also shared the news that The Pickled Onion (actually, The Pickled Onion 2, as this is their second location), behind CarMax (at 8511 Cantilever Way) is now open. Check out Mami Nora’s here and The Pickled Onion here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in Wakefield on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, got word that Burney’s Sweets & More is getting very close to swinging open their doors at 4500 Falls of Neuse Road. Yes, their famous glazed croissants and 15-Layer cakes will soon be making their grand appearance in the Oak City. Keep up with their opening on Facebook here.
  • This season, the Hurricanes are hosting an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first one kicked off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC Arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  On a recent drive through Chapel Hill, saw a sign up for Haw River Grill at 243 S. Elliott Road in the Elliott Square shopping center just down from Jersey Mike’s. Surprisingly, we were unable to locate an online presence. So we’ll just have to wait a little longer until someone can share a little bit more information.
  • One location change from Chapel Hill — the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill Friday, Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get all the details here.


  •  Got word from reader Kimberly Cannon that the The Original NY Pizza location at High House Crossing on Highway 55 in Cary has closed. They have two other locations in Cary and one in Holly Springs. Check them out here.


  •  Come celebrate with us TONIGHT at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Also TONIGHT, Bull Durham Beer Co. is partnering with Oyster 365 for a pop-up dinner from 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, November 16 at The Bullpen at 359 Blackwell Street at the American Tobacco Campus. Sold tickets will guarantee your half dozen oysters. Additional oysters will be available for purchase – please note that quantities may be limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. Come early to secure your spot! Tickets are $20 and include ½ dozen oysters and a beer. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Join Motorco as they welcome Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island, NC for a Wonderful Winter Time Oyster Roast on the patio at Motorco on Sunday, December 2nd from noon until 6:00 p.m. They will be pouring tasters and glasses of several of Allagash’s fantastic brews including some special reserve barrels. Additionally, Oysters Carolina will be providing their fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on their farm off the waters of Harker’s Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. Just choose raw, roasted or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters. Details here and ordering here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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